Jul 21, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Kansas State Wildcats cheerleaders and mascot Willie pose for a photo during the Big 12 Media Day at the Omni Dallas. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

KSU Ranked 21st in Sports Illustrated Preseason Rankings

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Sports Illustrated released their top 25 college football rankings and have KSU at the 21st spot. KSU went 8-5 last year (including their Bowl game victory against Michigan) and have high hopes for the season.

Eddie Grier has been covering the Wildcats for KC Kingdom and you can check out his latest piece on the linebacker depth chart right here.

Sports Illustrated had this to say on KSU’s ranking,

Jake Waters can cast an eye to the program’s strapping new assistant director of recruiting and defensive quality control: Collin Klein, the 6’5″ dual-threat signal-caller who piled up 37 total touchdowns and 3,380 total yards en route to a third-place finish in 2012 Heisman Trophy balloting.

A schedule featuring Auburn in September offers a path to playoff consideration. To manage it, Kansas State needs a comprehensive ground game after losing its top two rushers, as well as production from four viable new starters in the front seven to complement Big 12 defensive lineman of the year Ryan Mueller (11.5 sacks in ’13).

I previously covered KSU over the weekend, as it was predicted that they could take on Missouri in the Liberty Bowl. Of course that’s just pure speculation, but I mentioned in that article how difficult K-State’s schedule is this season.

The Wildcats, like Sports Illustrated mentioned, have a game against Auburn as well as tough Big 12 conference rivals Oklahoma and Baylor. Not to mention other good teams like Oklahoma State, Texas, and Texas Tech. It will not be an easy road for the Cats.

Fortunately, Jake Waters is returning under center and will have help from his go to receiver in Tyler Lockett. These two should be able to put up a lot of points throughout the season and it’ll be fun watching them do so.

Oh yeah and Ryan Mueller‘s coming back too. Not much else needs to be said on that since he’s pretty damn good.

Speaking of the Big 12, Oklahoma is ranked third and Baylor came in at number 10. These three teams seem to be earning the most respect out of the Big 12 conference and it’s probably for good reason.

Other tidbits from the list include Florida State and Alabama in the top two spots, Missouri landed at number 23, and my Cornhuskers were ranked 24th. Marshall rounded out the list at 25.

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